If you have been an avid reader of this blog you should not be surprised that this would be one of my pieces. I'm sure your next question would be why did it take this long? For 2012 this is the year of the Avengers and I can say this is a dream come true. I've loved superheroes as long as I've been on this planet. Growing up in the 70's and 80's how could you not be? With the 70's we had the Super friends, the Superman movies, Wonder Woman, the Spider-Man TV series (live action); I even remember watching Shazam! The cool part was I remember riding my bike down to the 7-11 and they had all kinds of superhero things, from cups to cards, stickers and of course...comic books. When I was 7, I actually wrote and drew my own comic book called Thunderbolt. I did start a second book, but I never finished it.
The 80's continued with the superhero parade with more Superman movies (though it started getting dumb), the Incredible Hulk TV series, the Tick and the crowning jewel...Tim Burton's Batman. I would admit that I had wondered why Marvel had not put out a movie with any of their characters yet; thankfully, I didn't have to wait long. From there, it seemed like a space race except for comic books because when Spider-Man finally came out in theaters it was game-on from there! (My priorities did change a little when I met Jaimee in '89).
Writing and drawing comic books was a long standing dream of mine. Strangely, as time went by my writing got better, but the artwork still needed a lot of help. I'm not a bad artist; I'm just not at the level of the comic artists today. Actually, it's only been the last few years that I have finally tried to write in a novelized form rather than in a comic book format. I still desperately want to publish any story, but I'm at a point where I need time to do it. With my Asperger's, I don't know if there is some security with superheroes being a staple in my psyche or just a pure fascination, but they have had a great deal of influence in my life. If you read and watch Piece #9 on O.C.D. you can see when things are off, I have a tendency to go overboard on items that deal with superheroes so I have to be careful what I buy. I can say that I really do enjoy them!
With all this talk of fantasy, I can realistically tell you that my REAL hero is Jesus, again if you've read the previous blogs this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. No one in our world history has ever died and been brought back to life three days later. Trust me, I enjoy super heroes and their stories, but I know what is real and what is fiction.
This is the cover of the comic book I drew when I was 7 years old. Remember...7!
Here's the YouTube video that we shot for this Piece. This has my nephews Kaden and Logan Wheat. Enjoy!